The Lion's Roar  

The Las Lomitas PTA Newsletter  
                                                                         Week of March 5, 2012     
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From the Governing Board
School News
PTA News
Las Lomitas Foundation News
Boxtops for Education
LLESD Governing Board
Community Resources
Community News
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This Week

  • 3/5 Open Forum - Superintendent search - 7 p.m. Cano
  • 3/6 DELAC - 6 p.m. - room 19
  • 3/7 PTA Bd. Mtg. - 9 a.m. - room 20B
  • 3/7 School Bd. Mtg. - 7 p.m. - LE MUR
  • 3/10 Pancake Breakfast 


Coming Soon

  • NO LLL classes the week of March 12.
  • 3/14 Evening w/ the Principal 6:30-7:30 - Library
  • 3/21 Science Wonders 6 p.m. - Cano Hall



March 14, 15, and 16 are MINIMUM DAYS.  All children attend school 9 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.


There are no extra-curricular LLL classes the week of March 12.

From the Governing Board



With Superintendent Eric Hartwig retiring at the end of this school year, the Governing Board has selected the search firm Leadership Associates to assist the District in finding a new superintendent.  To find the perfect fit for us, Leadership Associates will be on our campuses this week to hear from staff, parents, and community members about the qualities and skills the new superintendent of Las Lomitas Elementary School District ought to possess.  Hearing from the entire community is an important part of the superintendent search process.  Therefore, we hope you will be able meet with Mike Escalante and Peggy Lynch of Leadership Associates on Monday evening, March 5th, at 7 p.m. at Cano Hall (Las Lomitas) when they will hold an open forum for anyone to come and share their thoughts.  We hope that you can attend!  


School News


Dear Las Lomitas Families,


March is here! There is a lot going on this month, so be sure to keep up by reading the Lion's Roar and classroom newsletters.


Parent-Teacher Conferences are March 14-16. This is an opportunity to have meaningful conversation about your child and discuss goals and expectations with the teacher.


Science Wonders is March 21st, but you should start thinking about this now. I especially like this event as it allows our students to engage in "wondering why." I always enjoy discovering what has captured the children's interest and the processes they use to answer the "why?" For those of you with children who are particularly interested in science, I recommend you explore the California Science Teachers Association website at for information about Family Science Nights. This site provides plenty of examples of hands-on science activities that families can do together. It may be a great way to spend some time "wondering" together!


Finally, I'd like to ask your help with a problem we've had on campus lately. Some students have been jamming the toilet in one of the boy's bathrooms, causing it to overflow. We've also found urine on the floor. One student has come forward, but it is evident that others are involved. Our maintenance team spent time and dollars over the break to repair the system. The teachers, yard supervisors, Efren, Ezekiel and I have been doing all we can to monitor the situation and stop this from happening. While this is primarily a 1st-3rd grade issue, I would appreciate all of you taking a few minutes to talk with your child about the importance of keeping our bathrooms clean and safe for all to use. It is a health and safety concern. I am confident that we will resolve this situation soon. Thank you in advance for your support and assistance with this matter.


Until next time,  


Sue Sartor



Safety tip for the week:  Please teach your child how to fasten his/her own seat belt.  This will eliminate the need for the driver to step into the passing lane as well as expedite the flow in the pick-up lane. 


PTA News


PANCAKE BREAKFAST  Don't forget the Pancake Breakfast is coming up on Saturday, March 10th in Cano Hall!  Come for pancakes from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. and stay to see the Happy Bird Performing Parrot show at 10 a.m. It's a fun event you don't want to miss! In an effort to stay "green", we would like to encourage walking or biking to the event. We'll also be selling our NEW patriotic tie-dye t-shirts at the Pancake breakfast for $25. Supplies are limited so don't forget to bring money!. Email Linda Mills at with any questions.  



Science Wonders is the Las Lomitas version of a Science Fair.  The completely voluntary, non-competitive event is open to any Las Lomitas student.  To participate, students should think of a question (I wonder...), look for an answer by experimenting or rresearching (I did...), and create a display with their findings (I learned...) to share with their friends and families.  The displays will be presented in Cano Hall on Wednesday, March 21 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  More information can be found at  If  you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please contact Diana Sunshine,   


ORDER YOUR LAS LOMITAS MEMORY BOOK ONLINE TODAY!  It's time to order your Memory Books (the books will be distributed the last week of school). Please use our new online ordering form at:  Books are $25 each if ordered by March 24th (books will be $30 each if ordered after March 24th).


Las Lomitas Foundation News











Grandparents' Day is an opportunity for children to share their Las Lomitas experience with their grandparents for a morning.  This Foundation event is a favorite...grandparents who have attended in the past loved meeting the teachers, participating in fun activities, and getting to know other grandparents!   Grandparents' Day alternates each year between the two schools in our district, and this year's event is for grandparents of students in grades K-3 at Las Lomitas.  Now is a good time to let out-of-town grandparents know to mark their calendars for Friday, June 1st so they can start making travel plans!  We're also looking for parent volunteers to help out on the day of the event - please contact Julie Herlihy ( to sign up. Further details about Grandparents' Day will be announced soon via the Lion's Roar and the Grandparents' Group Newsletter. 








Las Lomitas is Going for Gold!   


The road to London and Olympic Glory begins May 19 at the 2012 Spring Auction in Woodside. This year we celebrate the spirit of the Olympic Games, which recognizes that "the most important thing is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle."  In this spirit, we ask you to help us bring home the Gold!

Please help us create an auction catalog of Olympic greatness:
Donate an auction item now at!


Boxtops for Education


Congratulations to the four lucky winners of the BoxTops for Education drawing!


Matthew (Room 3), Sydney (Room 12), Diego (Room 27), and Kaylie (Room 21) each will receive a Kepler's gift card.


Many thanks to the Las Lomitas parents who helped with preparing the box tops for submission: Alessandra Biral, Rebecca Deutscher, Laura MacLean, Judy Nayebi, and Laurel Timpson. Together, we trimmed and counted $276 worth of Box Tops coupons!


Don't forget that your everyday online purchases can also help Las Lomitas! Visit the Box Tops web page at, and designate Las Lomitas as the school you wish to support. Then, every time you shop online, as long as you enter through the Box Tops web page, a percentage of your purchase will be credited to our school! Please remember us as you do all your online shopping.


Thank you!


Margie Stehle

Boxtops for Education Chair


LLESD Governing Board

The Governing Board web page ( now lists all scheduled Board meetings and their location, and includes links to agendas for upcoming meetings and approved minutes for past meetings. The site is updated when new information is available, so please visit it regularly. Materials discussed at Regular Meetings (held monthly) are available in both school offices Monday through Wednesday prior to the meeting. Materials from past meetings are available at the District Office by contacting the Superintendent's Secretary at 854-2880.  


Business Sponsors News


The Las Lomitas PTA and the Las Lomitas School do not endorse, warrant or recommend any of these businesses.

  • Remember to mention Las Lomitas at the register and Kepler's donates 6% back to our school. Please check the website for upcoming events. 
  • Spring Camp Menlo Aquatics Day Camp 
    April 16-20, 2012 - 8:45 a.m. - 1 p.m. Monday - Friday
    Spend spring break at the pool! Day camp for ages 5-10, includes one 45-minute lesson each day with the same instructor, plus free play in the pool. Dry land activities include athletic games and structured play. Come join us the Burgess Park Pools in Menlo Park. Info/registration
  • Summer Camp registration open at Menlo Swim and Sport
    Exciting day-camps at Burgess and Belle Haven Pools this summer, including Camp Menlo Aquatics Camp for ages 4.5 - 9 years, and Spanish Immersion Aquatics Camp for ages 5 - 9. Camps start June 4 and run through August 31, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., with extended care available. Visit for more details!   

 Community News


The Las Lomitas PTA and the Las Lomitas School do not endorse, warrant or recommend any of these businesses. 



FRIENDS OF THE MENLO PARK LIBRARY  Book Sale!  Exceptional quality books for the entire family will be featured at the Sunday, March 18th Book Sale. Sponsored by The Friends of the Menlo Park Library the sale will be from noon to 4 p.m. and located in the downstairs meeting room.   Fiction, mystery, literature, biography, history, religion & philosophy, art & collectible, children's and young reader's titles will be included along with a wide variety of other subjects.  If you cannot attend this book sale, please drop by the Friends Bookstore located inside the library and open during library hours.  It is restocked daily with a wide selection of books for all ages and interests.  Please remember to donate your gently-used books to the Menlo Park Library.  Books may be dropped-off at the Alma St. door during library hours.  The Friends of the Menlo Park Library are in need of volunteers.  If you love books and have a few hours a week to give, please call 330-2521 for more details.


Friday, March 9, 4-6 p.m. (For all ages). Inspired by Thomas Edison's role model as a change maker, and guided by IDEO's innovative "Design Thinking" process, Synapse School's community of learners is proud to invite you, and your families and friends, to experience the Thomas Edison Students' Interactive Lab on March 9th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Synapse School, 3375 Edison Way in Menlo Park. Please RSVP at if you and your students are planning to participate.
LADERA RECREATION DISTRICT MEMBERSHIPS Generations of families have found a fun, family friendly and casual atmosphere up at the Ladera Rec during the summer. Here, your kids can become water safe, join a summer swim team, learn how to play tennis or just mess around with friends. This year we are offering an early-season discount to non-residents who register before March 15th.  Our non-resident rate prior to March 15th is only $1,490 for the year.  (This increases to $1,540 on March 16th.)  There isn't a better deal on the Peninsula!  If you have questions, please e-mail us  or call 650-843-3242. 
CALIFORNIA THEATRE CENTER specializes in plays for young audiences. Summer Theatre Conservatory classes begin in June.  The Junior Conservatory is a half-day program for 5- to 8-year-olds and the Core Conservatory is for ages 8 and up.  For more information, call 408-245-2979 or visit the CTC website


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